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WETA
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
america going over the so-called fiscal cliff. congress officials have said the house of representatives will not vote before midnight despite tense negotiations to get an agreement signed before midnight washington time. that will trigger a series of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes and could send the country back into recession. >> of america is staring into the economic unknown. there will be some real damage. there are some people deserving far better and we will be scrambling to find budget reductions in we can understand. >> we are upon the fiscal cliff. will we need to focus on is how we find that common ground. ira by -- i believe republicans and democrats alike want to put us on the course to fiscal discipline. >> we are running at a time. americans are threatened with a tax hike in just few hours. i hope we can keep in mind that our single most important goal is to protect middle-class families. >> democrats and republicans in congress have to get this done but they are not there yet. they are closed but not there yet. one thing we can count on with respect
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 11:30pm EST
the last day? >> if we do go off the fiscal cliff, congress would be more likely to make a deal. members could claim they are cutting taxes. >> thank you. if america does fall off the fiscal cliff on the first of the year, maryland would be hit hard. hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. >> we have a lot of federal workers and businesses that rely on the federal government. many are watching the negotiations closely. if partisan politics prevail and they cannot reach a deal, americans in maryland will burden will -- will be burdened. legislativent of observances had a report about what the impact would be. if we fall off the fiscal cliff. maryland will lose $178 million in funding next year. economists say to make up for it, the state will have to make cuts. >> it will be a challenge to make the ends meet. >> the greater economic impact could be huge hit in sales and income revenue. the state would lose about $268 million in 2013 and another million in 2014. >> small business innovation. these are tied up in those revenues. >> the already struggling
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
the days but the hoursntil we reach the fiscal cliff. congress goes back to work in a few hours. at the last minute, the vice president is getting involved. we're going to have the latest on those talks ahead. >>> right now, at 6:00, here it is. already 2013 in auckland, new zealand. this is a live look there right now. they are the first to ring in this new year. >> exciting. >> very exciting. happy new year. >> happy new year to you too and everyone out there in new zealand. >> beautiful fireworks. it's 6:00, 6:01. it's pretty chilly here. if you have to go to work this morning, bundle up for your commute. storm team 4 meteorologist veronica johnson has the forecast. >> bundle up for sure. the current temperatures there. but look at the windchill readings. they're 5, 6, 7 degrees lower than the actual air temperature. it's not taking much. only a wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour. for this area now, it's a westerly wind. again, it's bringing the numbers down. sandy spring windchill reading at 22 degrees. east into prince george's county, around largo, you're feeling like 23. 21 right
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
fiscal cliff. congress will not. the negotiations continue into tomorrow. let's bring in a congressman who will be critical to the process. republican of wisconsin, a member of the house budget committee. welcome back to the show. great to see you here. first, breaking news detail i want to get your reaction to. we just heard the vice-president will meet with senate democrats tonight. what do you think that's about? >> i'm not exactly sure. unless they're having some type of problem with the spending side of the equation, i never have reached some type of agreement on taxes, but i know that makes mcconnell was working with vice-president biden on the spending side. and so there may be some person that has to go on the senate democrats to get the bill passed gerri: arm-twisting everywhere. let's talk about this potential deal as it has been outlined to us. we would have tax hikes on folks with incomes above 400,000 if your single, above water and 50,000 if you're a couple. permanent patch to anc, the alternative minimum tax. estate tax also. 40 percent for states with 5 mill
FOX
Dec 30, 2012 10:00pm EST
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FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm PST
tonight and right now we are going over the fiscal cliff but they are getting a raise. >> it makes no sense at all. the president issued an executive order affecting a lot people, a lot of workers in the executive branch and in congress, as well, and also affects the vice president, and the speaker boehner and all these guys are getting a pay raise while this is happening. i cannot imagine the public is going to view this positively when they see congress unable to make the most basic decision about how they receive for the next year and the president gives them a pay raise. >> it is not percent began dick pay raise, the vice president pay will increase from $225,000 to $231,000 a year but, again, the timing is curious. what do you think was going on? >>guest: many are not getting any raise across america, and many americans are looking for work. this is also something different, i called up someone on capitol hill and said, the president gave you a pay raise, doesn't congress handle that itself? there is a separation of powers thing, they are big on handling their own pay but the president unfroze the cost-of-living adjustment for a lot of people including congress, when congress gets around to a spending bill, they wil
WETA
Dec 31, 2012 6:30pm EST
. i'm susie gharib. with just hours to go a deal emerges to avert the fiscal cliff, but can congress pass the measure in time? president obama says they can, we've got the latest from washington, on what could happen before the new year's day deadline. and wall street ends the year with a rally and healthy gains. s&p strategist sam stovall joins us with where he sees stocks headed in 2013. that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! washington lawmakers are getting close to a fiscal cliff deal, but they might not get it done before the midnight deadline tonight. the senate could vote in time, but it's possible the house will wait until tuesday. that means the u.s. could go over the fiscal cliff. on wall street today, investors bought up stocks on high hopes of deal, after president obama said this afternoon a deal is "in sight," and positive comments from republican leaders in the senate. here's how e major averagesr closed on this last trading day of 2012. the dow surged 166 points, the nasdaq jumped about 60, and the s&p rose almost 24 points. while wall street has already closed the books on 20
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
, what's yours? >>> happy new year! just 17 hours from it every 2013 and the fiscal cliff. congress putting your money at risk. may be a last-minute vote in the senate today. again, that is more than 517 days after they could have fixed the thing to start with. in case you weren't angry yet, president obama sign the executive order that gives executive worker as a pay raise. won wonders whether congress has earned their raise. grover and i have never agreed on anything rat all except the fact that congressmen shouldn't have had a raise on thursday. good morning, goo to see again. >> good morning. >> you continue to engage in the conversation which i always appreciate. let me ask you this, you don't want taxes going up on anyone. but when things looked like they were aat an impasse and house speaker john boehner, the highest elected in the country. put forward his plan b about a week ago, you read it through, and you said you would be okay with people who had signed this anti tax pledge of yours voting for that bill. voting for an increase of taxes. and you will phrase it differently. voting
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 11:35pm EST
the night. "politico" ined by reporter to talk about the fiscal cliff. it is looking like the president is going to try to get to introduce legislation to avoid some of the devastating tax increases. when the new congress is sworn in, and that means we're going over the fiscal cliff. unless we get something substantial in the next 24 hours, we will be going over the cliff. tax increases and on everybody. the defense cuts are not start until january 20. most americans are trying to tonight, come their paycheck, will this impact them? it does not create any 74 small-business owners. -- for small business small-business owners. know what is going to happen right now. the answer and is affecting the markets, the small-business market. >> secretary clinton is in the hospital, and other help set back for her. couple of weeks ago, she had suffered a concussn. in the course of a medical treatment, they manage to find a blood clot. very serious business. she has been hospitalized and treated for it. you for the update. she is in new york presbyterian hospital tonight. > if rg3 >> many remember to -- continue remember the life of an american hero. schwarzkopf was known for commanding operation desert storm. >> in 1
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am PST
over the fiscal cliff unless congress and the white house can work out a last minute deal. if there is no new budget deal by midnight tonight east coast time income tax rates will go up for all americans. coming up at 5:15 the two men leading the last minute negotiations. >>> the chp is trying to figure out what led up to a crash that killed a motorcycle rider in concord last night. it happened just before 6:30 on kicker pass road. the chp says no other cars were involved and it's unclear why the driver lost control. >>> three people are recovering after a crash after a car crashed into a concord funeral home. it happened yesterday afternoon at the we met brothers concord funeral chop ill on clayton road. it appears two teens were racing when they lost control and crashed their car into the building. the teens were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. a 66-year-old man who was inside the building has a broken leg. police interviewed a second driver that may have been racing the teens but have no arrests yet. >>> police officers are out there watching for drivers that may be cel
FOX
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm EST
point. >> none of the votes we'll be casting today have anything to do with the fiscal cliff we face in slightly more than 24 hours. we're here and ready. >> congress will work through tomorrow, with republicans likely insisting more spending cuts be included. >>> budget cuts are at the department of defense also in the cross hairs, raising new concerns about national security. fox's peter doocy looks at what it could mean. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham told me this morning his phone rang saturday night and was the defense secretary calling saying he was told the bill to avoid the fiscal cliff will not avoid anything for sequestration. so he'll need to write 800 layoff notices to contractors. >> if the president doesn't deal with this, he's a lousy commander-in-chief. if there's a deal done that doesn't set aside the defense cuts, we've already cut out of the it was department, then i'm disappointed in the president as commander-in-chief and the republican party for allowing this possible a party. >> reporter: sequestration is designed to be painful. it was imposed by congress on itself when the super committee didn't work it out. president obama
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
on capitol hill. >> the fiscal cliff is the response to congress's inaction. that's the fact. the reason we're here is because we were unable to complete the business at hand. we postponed everything until the end of the year. the reason the tax cuts expire and the revenue provisions a part of that but also the spending cut that is are across the board in a haphazard way, that's congress's fault and where we are. i think the president's accurate in the way he described it. whether he should have articulated it, i leave that up to him but certainly the president has negotiated a deal that i believe will get the support of the majority of the house and the senate and i think we are going to get this done. >> how do you see this plays out as the clock ticks? is there enough time to get it done if it comes over to the house and if there's a delay or any kind of a hold-up or an objection, that's going to take us passed midnight. >> up to speaker boehner. assuming the senate is able to pass before they send it to the house then they'll walk it across the capital and if speaker boehner b
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
sequester. >> under current law on january 1st, 2013, there's going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases. i hope that congress will look at that and figure out ways to achieve the same long-run fiscal improvement without having it all happen at one date. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. there's still time left to reach an agreement. and we intend to continue negotiations. >> and so, here we are, new year's eve, and the country counts down to popping champagne corks, the ball dropping in times square, and going over the fiscal cliff. if congress fails to act in the remaining hours of 2012, taxes will go up on all americans and a series of mandatory government spending cuts will kick in. hello, new year. hello, new recession. after two years of missing self-imposed deadline after self-imposed deadline, all eyes were on the senate over the weekend as the house's failure to even bring a plan to a vote left it up to the upper chamber to find a way out. vice president biden who had remained on the sidelines in this round of talks was even called in to help move thin
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 3:00am PST
fiscal cliff? >> well, i think we're going to find out in the next 48 hours what congress decides to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. because it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended, and they're all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight, december 31st, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they're less likely to hire, and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy's starting to pick up and we're seeing signs of recovery in housing and employment numbers improving. and so what congress needs to do, first and foremost, is to prevent taxes from going up for the vast majority of americans. and this was a major topic of discussion throughout the campaign. what i sa
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
? you've got half of those cuts in defense alone. >> well, the other part of the fiscal cliff is congress agreed that they would cut an additional $1.2 trillion in spending. they put a committee together to try to come up with those numbers. they didn't figure out how to do it. and so what we now have is a situation where these automatic spending cuts go into place. now if we have raised some revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit more, that would be sufficient to turn off what's called the sequester, these automatic spending cuts. and that also would have a better outcome for our economy long-term. but you know, so far at least, congress has not been able to get this stuff done. not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate. but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit. as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> you talk about a dysfunction in washington. you signed this legislation setting up the fiscal cliff 17 months ago. how
PBS
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm PST
was 10%. if this good deal -- the fiscal could deal -- the fiscal cliff deal. you think during their well- earned christmas break, both sides would find a way to come together and do something. >> this is not the fault of congress. congress is behaving like congress. this is the president's fault here the president needs to go to the country and explain why they need to get this done. he has never done this. >> i have heard him talk about it over and over incessantly about why we have to avoid the fiscal clip. it is the fault of congress. they created this fiscal cliff. they did it. no one else imposed this on them. >> the president has never gone to the nation and made a serious speech about dt. he ignored it the first two years. he appoints a commission that he studiously ignores for the next two years. that is why we are at the clip now. he is not serious about the debt. none of his proposals to raise taxes on the rich. he has never put any political capital in entitlement reform our tax reform. he'll talk about it here and there. never invested any capital in it. >> any difference of opinion? >> if it is such a trivial amount, the raising of taxes on the wealthy, then why the squealing, the yelling, the hurt feelings
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't. >>> if we go over the fiscal cliff tomorrow night, congress could still pass a bill in a couple weeks. there's no guarantee they'll be able to come to an agreement quickly. ryan lizza is a correspondent for the new yorker. it's good to see you during the night. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> this uncertainty that americans are living with right now, do you think a deal can be reached by tomorrow? >> you know, i don't know. it's -- right now, as cnn's been reporting, it's up to mitch mcconnell and joe biden. those apparently are the two men where the entire negotiations have moved to. senator harry reid, who runs the senate, left tonight and told reporters on the way out, if you want to know if there's a deal, talk to biden and mcconnell. they have a history of reaching agreements, in the white house, biden is known as the mcconnell whisperer, and he got that reputation a couple years ago, when he was able to forge a budget agreement in 2010. maybe -- maybe there will be a breakthrough, but there are a lot of liberals and a lot of conse
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 10:00pm EST
the end of the show. still ahead night, it's not just the fiscal cliff mess that congress has left undone. there is a whole lot of other work that our lawmakers should have done this year but did not. i will tell you all about it. and we will be right back the capital one cash rewards card gis you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone...but her likes 50% more cash. but i'm upping my game. do you want a candy cane? yes! do you want the puppy? yes! do you want a tricycle? yes! do you want 50 percent more cash? no! ♪ festive. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you earn. it's the card for people who ke more cash. what's in your wallet? gerri: president obama calling on congress to act to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president said he is optimistic. modestly optimistic, that is, that a deal can be done. here is the president. >> i still want to get this done. it's the right thing to do for our famies and our businesses d for our entire economy. but for immediate
KRON
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
the kron 4 morning news we're just hours away from falling off the so-called fiscal cliff congress is to set to meet again today will have the latest from washington. >> and secretary of state hillary clinton has been hospitalized after doctors discovered a blood clot. we will have the latest on her condition coming up. >> plus we're watching your bay area weather on this new year's eve as well as your morning commute. >> we will be right back on the kron 4 >> it is very light traffic conditions of side. your quick commute check shows you that that is exactly what we have. in a state 5 a through altman pass way are very light right now. >> new this morning. two people are in the hospital this morning after a 2 alarm fire at a residential building in san francisco's excelsior district. the fire broke out before 1:00 this morning and crews had it under control run to 3:00 pm. to get you more news faster we will turn to jackie sizzle. >> pg&e crews remain out here. it looks like it is almost destroyed. according to officials of around 1:00 a.m. this is when the fire broke out. it sent to
KRON
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am PST
karsashian is 12 weeks longer pregnancy. >> still ahead falling of the fiscal cliff. congress meeting again today and the vice president getting in on the talks. we will have the latest with out or a political expert michael yaki. >> trapublic transit is making sure that riders get around save this holiday season. we will be back in a few >> we have our second report of icing conditions now. we sort of expected the first ones here for the ride on san pablo dam road where one accident was caused by black eyes. what crews have been dispatched because some of the underground wiring got cut because of this accident. now the north bay and the ride on 1 01, we will take a look at the ride on the frontage road in the north bay right off of highway 1 01. there is a report of icing conditions, not on the freeway but on the and chase said frontage road that the accident occurred. >> new this morning to people in the hospital after a fire that's a home in the excelsior district around 1:00 this morning on athens street. jackie sissel is live on the scene with more of what happened. >> crews have
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am EST
season. >>> the countdown is on. we are less than 24 hours before the fiscal cliff deadline. congress is reportedly inching closer toward a deal. the house will reconvene at 9:00 this morning, the senate returns to capitol hill at 11:00 a.m. talks hit a standstill yesterday after senate republican leader mitch mcconnell o proposed social security cut. democrats rejected the plan. aides say lawmakers reached a compromise on key issues like taxes for wealthier americans. meantime, vice president joe biden has taken over as lead sn negotiator for the democrats. if a deal is not reached by midnight, 2 million people without jobs will not get unemployment insurance starting tomorrow. sharp cuts in defense spending will begin to kick in on january 2nd. >>> if nothing else, it looks like there will be a deal to keep the price of milk from skyrocketing the leaders in both parties agreed to a one year extension to the 2008 farm bill that x pierd in october. the deal will avert a spike in milk prices to as much as $8 a gallon. the plan has to be put to a vote in the house and senate sometime today
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm EST
the fiscal cliff but congress still has to vote on it before this goes into efence. -- effect, let's bring in our panel of congressman with expertise on this. mick mulvaney of south carolina, tim huelskamp kansas and dennis cue cues ohio. you've been leaving congress. you've been term-limited by voters. i know you're general in favor of what you would call a more fair tax system. the top 3%, everybody earning $250,000 or more, pay about 60% of all the federal income taxes that are paid. 3% say, 60%. how much more do you think they should pay before it is fair? >> well, the choices we've been given aren't the best choices, i will tell you that. we ought to be creating more taxpayers. we ought to be talking about jobs. david: i agree. bingo. >> how is it that we've avoided this discussion? all we're talking about is getting more money of people working right now. so, you know, there has to be some kind of a cuttoff about preserving the current tax cuts. i opposed the bush tax cuts because i thought most of the benefits were accelerated to top. we need a more fair tax system. you know w
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
deal when the new year hits. so too will the fiscal cliff. $600 billion worth of tax increases and spending cuts. it is supposed to be automatic. but now republicans are suggesting a delay, the president just spoke trying to add pressure to congress to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. listen. >> my preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement, a bigger deal, a grand bargain, whatever you want to call it, that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way that doesn't just deal with the taxes, but deals with the spending in a balanced way, so that we can put all this behind us focusing on growing our economy. but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> let's turn now to chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. let's talk a little bit about the outlines of the deal, the fact that the president came out to make his case and try to push this thing over the finish line. what does the white house have to do to gain the backing it needs. >> reporter: well, what we heard from the president today just now was really an emphasis that there are a lot of components here for democrats to like because their focus especially is on
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
always about money adam: had enough of the fiscal cliff yet? before we go there, let's take a look at the day's market headlines a whipsaw for the session for the markets on their last trading day of the year. signs congress was taking major steps toward a fiscal cliff agreement. the dow closed near session highs, climbing 166 points the dow gained 7.3% for the year. now that sent the fear index or the vix into a tailspin. it nosedived 20% as fiscal cliff optimism swept over investors. it had been up almost 30% since july. today's dive is the vix's steepest fall since august 2011. and the fiscal cliff tug-of-war september gold prices p by about 20 bucks an ounce, settling at $1675 for the year. gold prices rose 7% but, that is their smallest yearly gain in four years. >>> we can't avoid it, the top story. fiscal cliff armageddon. no escaping it. the no escaping it. the country waits for action which could come tonight with a vote in the senate, but nothing, nothing has been scheduled and the house won't be able to act until later this week. joining me now is democratic congressman jason altmire from pennsylvania. sir, we appreciate you being here. i appreciate you will be leaving congress. you will not be abl
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am EST
, if you will. this fiscal cliff. three budget standoffs. i mean, this congress has been uniquely atrocious. >> tom? >> the fact is the system is rigged. 75% of the congressmen come from gerrymandered districts in which they are bulletproof. they only play to one constituency. they are not swing states. they have a choir back home. and that's a huge part of the problem here. there's another reality in this town today. we need a lighter moment here. a lot of folks as i was coming into the office today said they have to get it done by kickoff time tonight. >> that's right. >> it's a good thing nbc moved the kickoff to primetime. it's very important. >> david, i think it's also important to go back to the president's argument, that, you know, you have to be able to say yes to something that's reasonable. conservatives have argued that he's effectively exposed big internal divisions in the republican party that they have yet to work out, which prevents them from getting to a reasonable place of compromise to then move on to fight other battles. >> well, boehner was close to a deal, bu
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm PST
the conditions congress made for avoid the fiscal cliff and the president will not go to hawaii to avoid the fiscal cliff and ever continue we get past the fiscal cliff, round two is in a couple of months when congress has to raise the debt ceiling to keep the country from default. trace? >>trace: thank you, wendell, from the white house. joining us now is columnist for the congressional newspaper "the hill." i have to go on what wendell says, if you are speaker boehner and you walk to the house of representatives members and say there is kind of a deal but no spending cuts. how does that fly? >>reporter: that is the problem. what you see are words of hope from the republican leader on the senate side how we are very close to what has to be fixed, the tax rates. he is trying to put a positive spin on that. we knew they would be fixed. the worry all along was, were we going to see a replacement for the draconian sequestration cuts everyone hated on both sides of the aisle for 17 months. here we are, in the final stretch, the 11th hour, surprise, both have given on the tax issue because neither could stand to go over the fiscal cliff, the tax cliff but that is giving of money, medicare fix, an alternative
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 4:25am EST
to strike a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> republicans saying they are will be to work with congress and the president to come to an agreement. yesterday, president obama said job leaders have rejected his proposal to make a comprehensive deal. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> we're willing to work with whoever can help. there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> today, senate majority leader harry reid could push for a fallback bill which would only raise taxes on families making $2 other 50á,000 a year or more. that plan would extend unemployment benefits for two million americans. icans. -- on families making $250,000 a year or more. >>> police continue to look for evidence in the murder of a college student. a vigil was held last night at battlefield high school for xavier stringfellow. he was a graduate of the school. he was found stabbed to death friday evening in industry anti. his body was found inside a crashed minivan on a service road off of chain bridge road. police said he had been involved in a
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
edge of the fiscal cliff and the least productive congress in history? >> the public is implicated in this. 2008 the public elected president obama, democratic house, democratic senate. 2010, a large number of people in the public changed their minds they got angry at us over health care, which was misunderstood, angry at us because we inherited a section that we weren't able to defeat because of their obstruction. in 010 -- in most democracies that would be it. we have a constitution under which it's called the staggered powers, checks and balances, the last three elections are there. the problem is in 2008 you had one group of people elected, in 2010, another. there wasn't simply the people in 2010 were conservative. very substantial number of the people elected as republicans in 2010 do not believe in governance. they do not understand there are things we need for the quality of life we have to come together. this isn't bob dole. this isn't howard baker. this isn't ronald reagan. these are people that are quite extreme. what's happened is that many republican whose believe in co
CNBC
Dec 30, 2012 7:30pm EST
marked by investor concerns over congress' new year's eve plans and that looming fiscal cliff. so what impact does it have on your money? alison deans is with us, senior adviser at varick asset management. nice to see you. happy new year. do you have two plans for 2012, one that includes the fiscal cliff and one that doesn't? how do you prepare for the new year as an investor? >> pretty much. i mean, the outcome, if there is some type of healthy resolution to the fiscal cliff, even if they defer it for a week or two but come up with some healthy resolution, i think it bodes really well for global markets. if we wind up going into fiscal cliff and the world loses any faith in our government to accomplish anything that's helpful or relevant, i think that could impact the markets and it could impact the economy. >> there has to be a long-term impact, though. i mean, let's face it. any deal that they can come up with is an austerity deal. it will involve some form of tax increases, you would think, and some kind of spending cuts on the wealthy. that slows things down. it's not a growt
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
to avoid the most immediate economic impacts of the fiscal cliff. with 15 hours to go and counting, members of congress are disgusted and embarrassed. >> when the future of the country, you know, rests in the hands of 70 and 80-year-olds who have jet lag, it's probably not the best thing. >> something has done terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> the senate will reconvene at 11:00 this morning, but after a day of public gamesmanship and little obvious progress behind the scenes on sunday. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> mitch mcconnell called on vice president joe biden to be that dance partner. biden has brokered 11th-hour deals with the republican leader in the past. mcconnell's appeal came just hours after the president appeared on "meet the press" and called out republican leaders by name. >> congress has not been able to get this stuff done, not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and coop
LINKTV
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. it's a term used to describe the expiry of tax cuts dating back to 2001. if there is no deal, 88% of americans will end up paying $400 billion more in 2014. that will be coupled with more than a trillion dollars in automatic government spending cuts. according to the congressional budget office it will start with $200 billion in military and social welfare cuts next year. the big concern over falling off the fiscal cliff is it will send the u.s. back into a recession with, of course, global repercussions. it could be weeks before anyone feels the effects. and analysts say even without an agreement, politicians can reach other deals to soften the impact. >> u.s. president barack obama making a rare appearance on one of u.s. tv's agenda-setting sunday shows. he appealed to politicians of both parties not to let the u.s. go off the so-called fiscal cliff. the budget crisis, some kay -- say could tip the u.s. into recession dragging the rest of the world with it. >> over the next 48 hours, regardless of partisan differences our top priority has to be
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
." i'm norah o'donnell with anthony mason. charlie and gayle are off. the deadline for the fiscal cliff is less than 24 hours away, and there is no deal yet, but members of congress will be back on capitol hill this morning, so we will have all the news from washington in a moment. but first there is breaking news on the condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. >> she's in a new york city hospital this morning being treated for a blood clot. doctors say it's related to a concussion that has kept her out of the office for the past three weeks. margaret brennan is in washington with the latest. margaret, good morning. >> good morning to you. secretary clinton is taking anti-co-ag lands to thin out the blood clots. doctors will report lid monitor her for at least the next 48 hours. >> welcome to the secretary of state. >> secretary of state hillary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital on sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during what was termed a follow-up exam to check on her recovery from a recent concussion. clinton's health scare began after she contracted a stomach illness following a whirlwind trip through europe. that virus led
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am PST
running out!íÑu congress to keep the country from plunging over the fiscal cliff, deadline midnight eastern time when the new year begins. senate democratic leaders stuck in a stalemate. senate leaders have called in vice president biden to try and jumpstart an ice breaker before higher taxes and deep cuts. the senate recon convenience 8:00 our time, stay tuned. -- we'll have the latest in 30 minutes. >>> leaders in the house and senate reached a deal on one thing, they'vekn%ñ agreed to extend the 2008 farm bill for one more year that expired in october. thistvp' means milk prices could have doubled to $7 a gallon next month. the deal prevents the government from returning to a prices. some call this the dairy cliff that now we are not going to have to fall off. >>> the notorious party night of new year's eve is hours away. law enforcement has already been cracking down on drunk drivers. chp arrested 123 people for dui over the weekend in the bay area that. number is down from the same time last year, when officers busted 161 drivers. there were no fatal crashes over the past two d
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
cliff at midnight, at least technically. sally kidd is in washington with more. >> the two sides say they are very close to a final deal, but there is still a major sticking point. congress is going to miss its midnight deadline. just hours to go in the fiscal cliff is in sight. >> i can report that we have reached a deal on all the tax issues. >> the agreement looks like this. taxes will go up on folks earning more than $250,000 a year. tax credits for college tuition, clean energy and for those with children would be extended as well. >> it is not done. >> there are still some things to be resolved before it can bring legislation to the floor. >> in an afternoon briefing, president obama said he will not accept the deal that slashes spending without raising taxes, too. >> if they think that is going to be the formula for how we solve this thing, that is not how it is going to work. >> republicans reacted this way. >> i know the president has done heckling congress. i think he lost probably numbers of boats. >> he laughs and jokes and ridiculed republicans. >> both sides still have to sell any deal to their rank and file, and some democrats were not pleased. the senate may
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
go so can congress find a way around the fiscal cliff? i'm doug luzader in washington. more on that coming up. >> a new year and a new karsashian. the surprising announcement on kim and kanye with how they went public with the big news. fox 5 morning news starts right now. >> this is fox 5 morning news. >> good monday morning to you. it is december 31st , 2012 new year's eve. this is a live look outside right now. hustling and bustling the closer we get. the crowds are coming. good morning to you again. i'm wisdom martin. >> and i'm sarah simmons. let's say hello to tucker barnes barnes. the wind is out and the cold is here to stay. >> cold moved in overnight. yesterday was a chilly day. much colder overnight with temperatures in the 20s. we're now at 30 here in washington. won't be a terrible afternoon. got a lot of clouds moving in from the west. right now at reagan national i mentioned temperature below freezing. overnight low in town 29. so one of the first times this month we've been in the 20s. 25 at dulles. bwi marhsall 29 as well. a little filtered sunshine today. here's the
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
fiscal cliff problem isn't just an isolated incident. it's representative of how partisanship have taken over congress. i'm 18 and i go to college in d.c. i used to be excited for the future, but i don't want to live in a country that doesn't have a successful working legislator. congress, it's time for you to remember what your purpose is and get back to doing your job. >> the fiscal cliff is self-imposed disaster. approved by the lawmakers who can't seem to agree on how to avoid what they created in the first place. vice president joe biden and mitch mcconnell are at the center of the talks. and we're locked in urgent negotiations late last night while the senate has just reconvened while the house is on standby. good morning, sir. if it comes down to a vote, you're the one who will count the votes as the house minority whip. what are you hearing from your senate counterparts this morning? any signs of progress there? >> there are some signs of progress. we have heard that there is another offer on the table by the administration to reach agreement. in terms of the specifics, i don't know all the specifi
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 3:00am PST
offered over one trillion and agreement with congress and avert the fiscal cliff. you are silent on the specifics. wrestling with the national's crisis help us to have a concrete plan and legislative language with you. >> it was interesting, very wide raging . there were not opportunities and he didn't get specifics when he talked about all of the things he's offered. at one point i offered so many changes and entitlements? i askscatched my head and wondered what changes and entitlements. he said the democrats arangry at me. i said what are the specifics. that was a interesting level. >> dave: he put in the corner and said only thing they care about is creating tax cuts for the wettley. demonize the opponent while you sate sit down. that works out it infuriate your opponent. the president's main goal is to raise taxings. put out legislation and put out a bill and vote on it >> the senate reconvenes at 11:00 today. we could hear from mitch mcconnel and harry reid. because no deal to avoid a fiscal cliff there is major uncertainty . investors are embracing for trading. dow plunge would 15
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 3:00pm PST
the fiscal cliff. meanwhile, the president talked about it today. >> democrats and republicans in congress have to get this done. but they are not there yet. they are close. but they're not there yet. and one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there is even one second left before you have to do what you are supposed to do, they will use that second. >> we will continue to work on finding smarter ways to cut spending but let's not let that hold up and protect americans from the tax hike to take place in ten hours. ten hours from now. we can do this. we must do this. >> bret: it's not clear whether they can. it's not clear whether that is all of them believe they must. bring in the panel. jonah goldburg. kirsten powers if for daily beast. syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. begin with the president's statement today that happened mid-day. he framed it as ed henry said as campaign style event. middle class families behind him. didn't have a lot of details and has had the same feel as he has had many times on the stump. >> i found it astonishing. he comes out with
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm PST
fiscal cliff deadli deadline. thursday at noon the deadline for the current congress and then they won't have to restart the clock on pending legislation. >> so i know -- >> i'm glad you mentioned that. let's look bigger picture. this is set to be the least productive congress in history. 219 bills in this congress. >> right. >> the next lowest level was 333 bills during the '90s. so tremendously unproductive congress. as you mentioned, the new one will be sworn in and not looking a whole lot different. is this the new normal, the do-nothing congress? >> i think until we can sort of clear out of these fiscal issues, whether that's tonight or tomorrow, whether that's mid march, it is very difficult for other issues to rise to the to because of the nation's fiscal health and the global economy is at risk. we're going to see the administration roll out a gun control package at some point in january, perhaps as part of the state of the union in february. those are who major domestic policies sitting there. if the fiscal cliff conversations continue, certainly the other big issue relate
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
, congress, and even the phrase fiscal cliff. at the same time people are confused and very concerned about what going over the cliff is going to mean for them. earlier i was at the president's press conference. when he started speaking, everyone stopped what they were doing. we're talk dozens of people. here they are on pennsylvania avenue in between the white house and capitol hill, and they were hoping to hear the president say, we got a deal. instead, all they heard was a deal is within sight. >> reporter: did you hear what you wanted to hear from the president? you'd rather hear it was done? >> i'd rather hear it was done. very frustrating that they've been at this for month to month and it's now 12 hours away and we're very close. very close. that's great, but i would like to seat done. >> reporter: do you think it's going to happen in time? >> probably not. i'm not that confident that it will happen, but, you know, yowrveg it's a cliff, either. >> i'm not confident it at all, no. it's like lipstick on a pig. you just want to walk down the street and ring some necks. >> reporter
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am PST
deadline day with the "fiscal cliff" just around the corner. why congress still can't close the deal. >> reporter: and we're live in san francisco, where firefighters are calling a house fire in the excelsior district suspicious. we'll tell you why and what may be behind the cause. ,,,, ,, it seems our angels have been busy building a new, stronger angel soft®. it's built with two softshield™ layers. stronger, holds up better, and still a value you love. new angel soft®. now stronger than ever. dance class, shopping, and more. so do something nice for it. chevron with techron. care for your car. house fire in san >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> arson investigators looking into a house fire here in san francisco. what made things so dangerous for the firefighters. >> skies clearing out very chilly around the bay area. will it rain on new year's eve? we'll talk about that coming up. >> and bart is offering extended service later on tonight for the new year's eve holiday. a check on that plus the rest of your morning commute. >>> good morning, everyone. it's mo
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
of joe manchin as congress prepares to meet again today with the fiscal cliff looming. good morning. the deadline is here and the countdown is down two hours instead of days. the first time since 1970, congress is meeting between the christmas and new year's holiday. preparations are underway as lawmakers -- if lawmakers fail to act. we are 17 hours until the deadline. midnight is the deadline east coast time. here are the numbers. host: also, send us an e-mail and jonas on facebook, -- join us on facebook or you can send us a tweet. let's take a scan of the headlines and we begin with "the atlanta journal-constitution." a lot of talking but still no votes. the deadline has come and gone. one last day for a fiscal deal is the headline from "the boston globe." we are also keeping an eye on wall street. the markets are queasy. from the headlines "the wall street journal." host: a lot of activity on the house and senate chamber. we will be falling all of that on the c-span networks. we have the deputy white house editor from politico. tell us where we stand. guest: we stand in limbo, is the best way to put it. the senate was hoping they could be the ones to reach a deal over the weekend and they c
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
over the fiscal cliff. >> we're running out of time. >> if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. >> can the leaders rise above to avoid a financial fiasco? your money's at stake and we're following the latest details from the nation's capital. >>> joining us this morning, former white house insiders tony fratto and jerry bernstein. >> and the wait and see game for investors. get the wall street fratsy that could boost your financial future. have a happy new year. the second hour of "squawk box" starts right now. ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc, i'm becky quick along with andrew ross sorkin here at cnbc headquarters. joe kernen and john harwood are in washington, d.c. this morning and our guest host on "squawk" today, former white house deputy press secretary, tony fratto, and former economic policy adviser to vice president biden, jared bernstein from the center on budget and policy priorities. both of them are cnbc contributors. happy new year. >> happy new year. happy to be here. >> on fiscal cliff day. >> we need you here
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
going over the cliff. it's hard to tell. the expectation, even if we go over the fiscal cliff. right now, congress is still looking at trying to resolve this here in the next few days. so it's not as if we go over the cliff and stay there. there would be time to resolve the issue. that being said, we saw a whirlwind of negotiating on capitol hill. and right now, after things sort of didn't work out between mitch mcconnle and harry reid, the top republican and top democrat in the senate, they have shifted between mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. that's where all of the action is right now. keeping the speaker of the house john boehner abreast of what's going on. keeping harry reid abreast of what's going on and keeping president obama abreast of what's going on. we heard from senator reid yesterday that they are very far apart. not just talking on the threshold, initially president obama said $250 mi,000. there is talk to bumping that to $400,000. republicans want to know how we pay for it. there are farm subsidies, the doc fix. and spending cuts. so there is a lot to be resolved here in
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